"Hearts of Gold" shine at annual gala

October 08, 2012

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation honors community members through annual Hearts of Gold Gala, which benefits Swindells Resource Center for families of children who have special needs.

5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
Best Western Hood River Inn
1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River

They are people who make a difference – people who enrich our community through their good works, selfless dedication and commitment to health. They are those with “hearts of gold.”


Each year, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation honors health care professionals and community members whose golden hearts shine brightly. This year’s recipients include Elizabeth Chambers, M.D., from Providence Gorge Counseling Services, and Nancy Tamura, esteemed community member.


Chambers works with our community’s most vulnerable patients who suffer from severe mental illness. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, which is one of the top needs identified in the recent community needs assessment. She improves the quality of life for patients and their families, going above and beyond to serve and advocate for her patients.

Tamura changes the lives of people in our community through her service and dedication to volunteerism. Nancy has worked in telecommunications at CenturyLink for 25 years. Nancy has guided community projects and charitable giving at her workplace, including working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, FISH Food Bank, Washington Gorge Action Programs - Helping People/Changing Lives, Relay for Life, and March of Dimes. In addition, she serves on United Way and La Clinica del Carino committees, the Providence Foundation Board of Directors and the Providence Gorge Service Area Advisory Council.


The Hearts of Gold Gala, sponsored by Andersen Construction, is open to the public and has a long standing tradition of being one of Hood River’s most elegant events. In addition to honoring Hearts of Gold award winners, guests at the gala will be treated to an unforgettable evening featuring black and white décor, cocktail reception with hors de ouvres, a classic seated dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing in Cebu Lounge. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 541-387-6950. All proceeds benefit the Swindells Resource Center, which supports families of children who have special needs.